Welcome to South of Vadodara
Gujarat stretches some 240km south from Vadodara to the border of Maharashtra, 150km short of Mumbai. Surat, 140km south of Vadodara, is where the British established their first Indian settlement in 1614, and today it’s Gujarat’s second-biggest city and busy commercial centre for textiles and diamonds. Around 40km south of Surat is Dandi, the destination of Gandhi’s epic Salt March in 1930, with several Gandhi monuments by its strikingly empty beach. Just before the Maharashtra border is the ex-Portuguese enclave of Daman, where Gujarati men get drunk on weekends. Though it still retains a little of the piquancy of old Portugal, Daman is far less attractive than its counterpart, Saurashtra's Diu. In the southeast, the hilly Dangs district is the northern extremity of the Western Ghats, with a large tribal population and little tourist infrastructure. The Dangs Darbar, in the week before Holi, is a spectacular, largely tourist-free tribal festival.